1. RSVP's are now closed but there will be tickets on the door at $10
2. This event starts at 6pm NY time, we're working on handling different time zones
I hope you'll join us at our Inaugural New York FinTech Seminar on Crowdfunding. Please note that we'll be running a similar Seminar in the Bay Area (http://www.meetup.com/newfinance/events/142838492/) later in the same week on the 7th.
This Seminar follows on from our recent UK Crowdfunding Seminar (http://www.meetup.com/newfinance/events/135908762/), our objective for this Seminar is to address the US Crowdfunding scene and cross-pollenate ideas and business models from both sides of the pond.
You're probably already aware that Title II of the JOBS Act, designed to open up more investment capabilities and stimulate the new startup economy, is now in effect. You're now allowed to tell people that you're raising money. This will open up the market for Crowdfunding sites to the benefit of Entrepreneurs looking to raise funding. With significant successes already in the Rewards segment, see Kickstarter (http://www.kickstarter.com/), it seems likely that Crowdfunding sites, albeit providing a more complex process than rewards, will provide an essential funding option to many new businesses and ventures. This Seminar will explore the themes around this new opportunity.
The session includes a Free Guide to Crowdfunding in the US (http://files.meetup.com/2243521/NewFinance%20Seminar%20Guide%20-%20Crowdfunding%20in%20the%20US%20-%20Nov%202013.pdf) which digs deeper into the main players and identifies opportunities for FinTech Entrepreneurs. All of our Seminar guides are available to download for FREE here (http://www.london.newfinance.org/files/). It's also worth checking out our FREE Guide to Crowdfunding in the UK (http://files.meetup.com/2243521/A%20Guide%20to%20Crowdfunding%20in%20the%20UK%20v1.0.pdf) and the Videos from our UK Crowdfunding Seminar (http://www.meetup.com/newfinance/pages/2013-07_Crowdfunding_Seminar_Videos) before the session too.
We'll be videoing the session as usual for those of you who are unable to attend. You may click here to watch the videos (http://www.meetup.com/newfinance/about/) from our previous seminars and here to see the photos. (http://www.meetup.com/newfinance/photos/)
Students - we currently have a number of free tickets available for students, please join the group using your academic email and then message an Organiser if you'd like one.
Please be aware that the agenda is updated on a regular basis
6:00pm - Networking opportunities
A buffet and refreshments will be provided courtesy of our Partners
7:00pm - Welcome address
Eddie George (http://www.london.newfinance.org/members/6626826/), Organiser, NewFinance
7:05pm - Presentations
Stuart H. Gelfond (http://www.friedfrank.com/index.cfm?pageID=42&itemID=265&more=1) is a corporate partner resident in Fried Frank (http://friedfrank.com/)'s New York office. Stuart will examine recent changes to legislation and the opportunities that this presents to FinTech Entrepreneurs in the Crowdfunding space.
Greg Neufeld (http://www.meetup.com/newfinance/members/12270760/), Managing Partner & Founder, and Karl Antle (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/karl-antle/8/893/264), Managing Partner, at ValueStream Labs (http://www.valuestreamlabs.com/). Greg and Karl will explain how ValueStream Labs is using Crowdfunding to raise Capital for many of its own projects and investments. ValueStream Labs is a hybrid incubator and venture capital firm for FinTech entrepreneurs.
Sang Lee (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/sang-lee/50/16/40), CEO & Founder of Return on Change (http://www.returnonchange.com/site/index) (RoC), an investment platform connecting high-impact startups with investors. Working with socially innovative entrepreneurs, RoC works with startups in the Tech, CleanTech, Life Sciences, EdTech, and Social Enterprises sectors. Sang is also the Executive Director of CF50 (http://www.cf50.org/), a global crowdfunding think tank, as well as a founding member of the Centre for Social Innovation (http://nyc.socialinnovation.org/).
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8:30pm - Panel discussion
This will be an open question and answer session around Crowdfunding
9:00pm - Seminar ends
Closing address and Shout-outs
9:01pm - After-party drinks
The Growler, 55 Stone Street (http://www.thegrowlernyc.com/)
Please join our Delegates, the NewFinance team and myself for follow-on drinks if you'd like to continue networking
Fried Frank (http://friedfrank.com/) represents many of the markets’ most influential players. Their client base includes multinational Fortune 500 companies, leading financial institutions and investment firms, and entrepreneurial companies across all sectors. They offer high-calibre advice across a range of practice areas, combining technical expertise and an unparalleled grasp of the nuanced commercial and regulatory environment in which their clients operate.
The FinTech Innovation (http://www.fintechinnovationlab.com) Lab is the New York FinTech Accelerator – the programme, run by the Partnership for New York City (http://www.pfnyc.org/), Accenture and the world’s largest financial institutions. It provides early stage FinTech companies a unique opportunity to work closely with potential new clients. Over an intensive three month period, successful applicants will have access to senior IT executives from the Banks and VCs, who will work with them to strengthen their proposition and accelerate growth. Applications to the programme are open until 6th December. Apply online at http://www.fintechinnovationlab.com
I look forward to meeting you all, please support our first Seminar in New York